The Word I Like to Hate

Standing on the metro here in Prague a couple of days ago, a crowd of young female Americans were nearby. I knew they were American because they exhibited two definitive American traits; Loudness and a problem with speaking English. No, I’m sorry to my American friends (and I am a naturalized American myself), but this is true. Americans in Prague speak as if they want everyone to hear them. They speak at such a volume, they are audible 1km away. It is as if they consider themselves so important that they know everyone just must hear what they have to say. By the way, its not just me that thinks this. In the office, my colleagues routinely joke about it. Americans, they say, shout. It’s embarrassing to be honest especially

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